Spiffy @ Burnstock – 25/07/2020

This past Saturday, following my DJ show at Coghaven the previous day, I did a performance at BURN2 in Second Life as part of their Burnstock weekend, which was raising money towards supporting the region and funding their Big Burn in October.

Like many real-world events, the annual Burning Man had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. But its online arm, BURN2, has been picking up the slack with many virtual events throughout the year.

I’ve been to quite a few BURN2 events in Second Life over the past couple of years, but this was my first time performing there.

The screenshot below shows me at the front of the stage with the crowd dancing on the Playa. Behind me there were lots of stage lights and a big screen, you can make out some of the light beams above me.

DJ Spiffy performing at the Burnstock music stage at BURN2 in Second Life

The highlight of my show, however, was that I got to introduce these guys to the stage!

Goddess Oksana & Six Seconds To Russia, rawking out! 🙂

If you’ve never heard Goddess Oksana or her band Six Seconds To Russia performing in Second Life, you’re missing out — they’re a full rock back jamming out from a studio in New York, doing covers of rock and pop songs in their own unique style. 🙂 In the photo above, Oksana is flanked by Lars and Tomas. Behind her, Gunter is on the drums, Tatty and Mariko are on keyboards, and Svetlana is on the saxaphone. I go to their shows whenever I can. 🙂

Below is the recording of my set. I went with a mix of techno, house and assorted electronica. It’s a little bit shorter than normal, as I needed to make sure I finished on time, and you’ll hear me hop off stage early so that SSTR could set up their equipment on the stage.

Tracklist:

Digeridoo — The Aphex Twin
Clear — Cybotron
Lowride — Autechre
Let’s Get Brutal — Nitro Deluxe
Cobolt — Jeff Mills
Tribal Confusion (Inhalation Mix) — E-Culture
Aftermath — Nightmares On Wax
Time to Find Me (Afx Fast Mix) — Seefeel
Drill — Speedy J
Phlax — Jega
From Beyond — Psyche
Technology — Carl Craig
Think City — Luke Slater
Flash Food — Infiniti
The Warning — Suburban Knight
Operation Costs — Lusine
We Are Back — LFO
You Could Feel The Sky — Boards of Canada
Blade Runner (End Titles) — Vangelis

Road Trip Iiin Spaaace!!!

Yesterday, I performed a one-hour set at the Spin-Masters Stage at SL17B, Second Life’s 17th birthday celebration. The theme for this year’s party is ‘Vacations & Road Trips’, so I decided to put my own spin on it with my playlist. 🙂

I’d performed at SL16B last year, so I knew what to expect. I had to arrive an hour before my set, do a sound check backstage with the stage organisers to make sure my streamer settings were good, get my performer lanyard, and let them know how I wanted to be announced and what style I’d be doing.

I did an hour’s warm-up on Gorean Whip Radio, then performed a simulcast at SL17B, so I was broadcasting both there and across Second Life via Gorean Whip Radio.

Sadly, I was too busy with DJ-ing and chatting in-world to take any snapshots. Not that it would have looked great, mind you, I had to dial down the appearance of everyone else there in order to keep my Alchemy viewer responsive.

However, I can show you the new profile picture I made, which is now on my Second Life profile as well as my DJ tip-jar. 🙂

DJ Spiffy – Half Alien, Half Machine, ALL FABULOUS!!!
The Broadest Beats In Second Life!

I recorded the full audio of the two hours, and made it available to listen to below. Please note that this is for personal use only, and not for distribution. There are a few advert breaks in the first hour, plus lots of me gabbing on the mic! 😀

Spiffy @ SL17B – 23/06/2020

Warm-up Session:

Babylon Zoo — Spaceman
The Byrds — Mr Spaceman
Chris de Burgh — A Spaceman Came Travelling By
Styx — Mr Roboto
Dee D Jackson — Automatic Lover
Die Alten Maschinen — Blitz
Newcleus — Jam on It
Galaxy 2 Galaxy — Jupiter Jazz
Drexciya — Davey Jones Locker
X-101 — Rave New World
Aphex Twin — #20

Main Show:

Richard Strauss — Also Sprach Zarathustra
William Shatner — Rocket Man
Lemon Jelly — Space Walk
Jean Jacques Perry — E.V.A
The Daniel Caine Orchestra — Theme from “Buck Rogers In the 25th Century”
Weird Al Yankovic — The Saga Begins
Sam Tsui — Call Me Maybe
The Firm — Star Trekkin’
Leonard Nimoy — Twinkle Twinkle Little Earth
Stu Phillips — Theme from “Battlestar Galactica”
Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip — I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper
The Imagined Village — Space Girl
Apollo 440 — Theme from “Lost In Space”
The RAH Band — Clouds Across The Moon
The Carpenters — Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

A Little Bit of Alchemy

For most of my time in Second Life, I’ve been using the Firestorm Viewer, and it has served me pretty well. But even with a more powerful Mac, there’s no getting away from the fact that Firestorm struggles at times in busy areas.

So I was intrigued when I saw a recent video from Luca Grabacr where she did a performance comparison between Firestorm and another viewer, Alchemy, within the same sim:

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